Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

2 stars
View map of 400 MS Pochotal School, Playa Hermosa, Jaco,

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
10 reviews
Just the essentials great surf no croud!

Amazing people great surf away from the crowds of Jaco! No it's not your average america in a box... See full review

  • mj0473
  • Mar 27, 2011
Just the essentials great surf no croud!

Amazing people great surf away from the crowds of Jaco! No it's not your average america in a box... See full review

  • mj0473
  • Mar 27, 2011

The rustic surf lodge Cabinas Las Arenas sits on Hermosa Beach in Costa Rica's Puntarenas province. Located south of Jaco, Cabinas Las Arenas overlooks the open Pacific from the mouth of the Nicoya Gulf. The affordable hotel offers basic cabins and amenities, and easy access to local water sports and adventure tours. Surfers can paddle out from the beach to catch great waves, while topside adventurers can drive to national parks, volcanoes and tropical forests. Cabinas Las Arenas features an on-site restaurant, surf shop and free Internet access.

Rooms

As a budget surf lodge, Cabinas Las Arenas offers 10 large cabins with very basic furnishings and amenities. The standard guest rooms can sleep 4-each has one double bed and two twins-while the suites accommodate up to 3 with each featuring one double and one twin bed. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot and cold water and ceiling fans. Suites have air conditioning, mini-refrigerators and cable TVs.

Property features

Cabinas Las Arenas offers a simple escape on the beach just south of Jaco. This rustic beachfront lodge sits along the main highway from San Jose. The property features a full-service restaurant, Dos Gringos Restaurante, with reasonably priced meals. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Primarily a surf lodge, Cabinas Las Arenas has an on-site surf shop with board rentals. The property also has an outdoor BBQ area, and free Internet access. The owner can make arrangements for transfers and tours to the surrounding towns, national parks, and attractions.

Highlights
  • Beachfront location on Playa Hermosa Beach
  • On-site surf shop with board rentals
  • Free Internet access available in public areas
  • On-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suites available
Nearby attractions
  • Playa Jaco (4.4 mi/7 km)
  • Carara Biological Reserve (15.5 mi/24.8 km)
  • Jungle Crocodile Safari (16.6 mi/26.6 km)

 

Transportation
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose (55.3 mi/88.5 km)
  • Coca Cola Bus Terminal, San Jose (64.4 mi/103 km)

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Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel Rooms

Suite
Rooms offer 1 double bed and 1 Twin bed along with own private bathrooms, ceiling fans and unpgraded fixtures and furniture. Exceptional ocean views only 100 meters from the beach.
Standard
Rooms offer 1 double bed and 1 Twin bed along with own private bathrooms, ceiling fans.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
Dining
Restaurant
Internet
High-speed internet
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking

Dining

Restaurant
A full service restaurant with great ocean views, offering American and Costa Rican food, and featuring reggae music and surf movies daily.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
2:00 PM
Check-out:
1:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Overall score

1.7 / 5
5.01.0
3 out of 10
Amenities:
2.3
Cleanliness:
1.7
Hotel staff:
3.7
Comfort:
1.7
Location:
4.3
Value:
3
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Review of Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
captian tag
Business
columbia, missouri,usa
Sep 9, 2009

san jose trip- i changed hotel

i did not stay here for the folowwing reasons: it was two hours from san jose. the rooms were not air conditioned. it was a surfers hotel. what i wanted to do would have cost twice as much at this location. i wanted a hotel in san jose so i would be able to do what i wanted to do.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

if you are interested in casual unplanned stay and you do not care abot accommadations then stay here. very cheap room rates

Review of Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
bridgitte
Business
Newark, NJ
Dec 19, 2007

Better options next door

The staff was very friendly, which compensated for the discomfort of the living quarters. The hot water was not working & it did not get fixed for 2 days. I had to pack & unpack 5 times when I was offered to move to a new room but it never happened. I was disappointed that a reasonable adjustment was not offered for the inconvenience. The room was never cleaned even after I made a request. Ask for towels, no soap or shampoo is provided. Guests were very loud (along with the owner who had joined them) hanging out in the hallway. It is common sense to not have a social gathering disturbing others outside of their door. There were no closets & only 2 hooks. one small mirror in the bathroom & one electric outlet. Location was perfect with bus stop outside & some major attractions were conveniently within walking distance. The beach was clean & beautiful. Restaurants served good food & the backyard hotel offered a very good social atmosphere. There was trash everywhere (but that is just Costa Rica in general). People don't know how to use trash cans. The area was safe & friendly overall. I would not mind returning because it wasn't horrible but there were very economical hotels / cabanas next door which offered much higher level accomodations & upgrades. You will be fine if your expectations are low.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Must try canopy & ATV tours! Go to Jaco to a small stand called Tour mart a few steps from King Tours. It was recommended by King's employee & tours are $20 less. Visit neighboring towns such as Herradura. The dehli in Jaco off of main street - $3 huge plate of tipical food.

Review of Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
bridgitte
Business
Newark, NJ
Dec 19, 2007

Better options next door

The staff was very friendly, which compensated for the discomfort of the living quarters. The hot water was not working & it did not get fixed for 2 days. I had to pack & unpack 5 times when I was offered to move to a new room but it never happened. I was disappointed that a reasonable adjustment was not offered for the inconvenience. The room was never cleaned even after I made a request. Ask for towels, no soap or shampoo is provided. Guests were very loud (along with the owner who had joined them) hanging out in the hallway. It is common sense to not have a social gathering disturbing others outside of their door. There were no closets & only 2 hooks. one small mirror in the bathroom & one electric outlet. Location was perfect with bus stop outside & some major attractions were conveniently within walking distance. The beach was clean & beautiful. Restaurants served good food & the backyard hotel offered a very good social atmosphere. There was trash everywhere (but that is just Costa Rica in general). People don't know how to use trash cans. The area was safe & friendly overall. I would not mind returning because it wasn't horrible but there were very economical hotels / cabanas next door which offered much higher level accomodations & upgrades. You will be fine if your expectations are low.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Must try canopy & ATV tours! Go to Jaco to a small stand called Tour mart a few steps from King Tours. It was recommended by King's employee & tours are $20 less. Visit neighboring towns such as Herradura. The dehli in Jaco off of main street - $3 huge plate of tipical food.

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